Along with the everyday prayers for loved ones, I need to remember to pray for what truly matters to a life and soul. I'm reminded of this as I read what Paul in Philippians, who is in jail at the time, prays for his friends.
He prays that their love may grow more in knowledge and discernment so they can find what is excellent and be sincere and without offence. He prays they may be filled with fruits of righteousness that are from Christ which brings glory and praise to God.
Paul has been striped, beaten and jailed. Yet his prayers are not for himself, but the friends he is separated from. What an example this is to me of true importance.